Saturday in the WCHA

St. Cloud State inched closer to its first MacNaughton Cup championship Friday night with a home victory over Michigan Tech. With three games remaining in the WCHA regular season, the Huskies have a three-point lead over North Dakota, four points over Minnesota and five over Nebraska-Omaha.

Minnesota Duluth broke a nine-game winless streak with a 4-2 nonleague home victory over Alabama-Huntsville. The Bulldogs appear destined to finish ninth in the 12-team WCHA. They finish the regular season at home next weekend with Omaha. A Friday recap from the News Tribune here and UMD sports information office here.

Bruce Ciskie reviews UMD-Huntsville here.

A Saturday 7:07 p.m. live game blog will be right here.

Up-to-date NCAA Bracketology from U.S. College Hockey Online is right here.

At Omaha, Neb., Brendan Woods scored with 1:42 to play as No. 16 Wisconsin stopped No. 13 Omaha 4-3. The game was tied at 1, 2 and 3. Ryan Walters (20) had a goal for the Red Mavs. Ryan Massa, recently back with Omaha, got his first start of the season. Wisconsin led in shots 28-27. Omaha 2-4 on power plays. Attendance 10,543. From the Omaha World Herald here and Wisconsin State Journal here.

At Minneapolis, Shawn Ostrow broke a scoreless tie 18 seconds into the third period and Ty Loney added an empty-net goal with 15 seconds left as No. 6 Denver defeated No. 2 Minnesota 2-0. Denver led in shots 36-33. Juho Olkinuora (11-4-5) got the shutout with 33 saves. Attendance 10,094. Minnesota 4-4-2 the last 10 games. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune here, St. Paul Pioneer Press here and Denver Post here.

At Grand Forks, N.D., three third-period goals led No. 6 North Dakota to a 4-2 win over Bemidji State. Mark MacMillan had an empty-net score for North Dakota with 1:38 left. Former Alabama-Huntsville goalie Clarke Saunders with 17 saves and the win. North Dakota led 28-19 in shots. North Dakota is 5-1-2 the last eight games. Attendance 11,944. From the Grand Forks Herald here and Bemidji Pioneer here.

At. St. Cloud, Minn., No. 7 St. Cloud State got off to a four-goal lead in beating Michigan Tech 5-3. Drew LeBlanc (11) had a first-period goal. Tech had three third-period goals, including one from David Johnstone. Tech led in shots 45-37. Attendance 4,419. From the St. Cloud Times here and Houghton Daily Mining Gazette here.

At Colorado Springs, Colo., three third-period goals gave Colorado College a 4-1 win over No. 9 Minnesota State-Mankato. Alexander Krushelnyski (13) had two third-period goals, including a shorthanded, empty-netter with 3:24 to play. The game was 1-1 after two periods. CC is 4-1-3 the last eight games. Joe Howe had 31 saves in the win. Mankato led in shots 32-27. Attendance 6,481. From the Colorado Springs Gazette here and Mankato Free Press here.

At Fairbanks, Alaska, Cody Kunyk scored with 2:10 left in overtime as Alaska Fairbanks beat Alaska Anchorage 2-1 to open the Governor’s Cup. Alex Gellert tied the game for Anchorage with 7:12 left in regulation. Fairbanks led in shots 41-28. Anchorage is 1-16-3 the last 20 games. Attendance 4,268. From the Fairbanks Miner here and Anchorage Daily News here.

WCHA Summaries and Standings Courtesy of College Hockey Stats. net

 1 St. Cloud State   35  25 17- 7- 1 .700  87- 56   33 20-12- 1 .621 112- 81
 2 North Dakota      32  25 13- 6- 6 .640  86- 64   33 18- 9- 6 .636 110- 82
 3 Minnesota         31  25 13- 7- 5 .620  80- 60   33 21- 7- 5 .712 117- 66
 4 Nebraska Omaha    30  25 14- 9- 2 .600  86- 74   33 18-13- 2 .576 115- 92
 5 Denver            29  25 12- 8- 5 .580  78- 74   32 17-10- 5 .609 106- 87
   Minnesota State   29  25 14-10- 1 .580  78- 61   33 20-10- 3 .652 105- 75
   Wisconsin         29  25 11- 7- 7 .580  58- 56   33 15-11- 7 .561  79- 68
 8 Colorado College  24  25 10-11- 4 .480  82- 86   33 13-15- 5 .470 110-114
 9 Minnesota Duluth  21  26  8-13- 5 .404  64- 79   33 11-17- 5 .409  82- 98
10 Bemidji State     16  25  5-14- 6 .320  52- 76   31  6-18- 7 .306  64- 93
   Michigan Tech     16  25  6-15- 4 .320  65- 87   31 10-17- 4 .387  92- 99
12 Alaska Anchorage  10  26  2-18- 6 .192  50- 93   31  4-20- 7 .242  62-106
  Wisconsin          4 at Nebraska Omaha     3       Box   
  Alab-Huntsville    2 at Minnesota Duluth   4       Box   
  Denver             2 at Minnesota          0       Box   
  Bemidji State      2 at North Dakota       4       Box   
  Michigan Tech      3 at St. Cloud State    5       Box   
  Minnesota State    1 at Colorado College   4       Box   
  Alaska Anchorage   1 at Alaska             2, OT   Box

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